In the mid-1980’s, Hal Gates, an attorney and an alcoholic, listened to God’s call, returned to the Seventh-day Adventist Church of his youth and began to serve as a pastor. One day in January 1986, Hal in prayer heard God telling him to not get up off his knees until he was ready to start a ministry dedicated to people in need of recovery from addictions, or sins. Within 24 hours the first group was ready to meet. Since that time Regeneration groups, through Jesus Christ—the Highest Power, and support of the Adventist church has started groups all over the world.
Regeneration became a fellowship of men and women who shared their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems, by the grace of God and help others to recover from addictions and the dysfunctions connected with them.
In May 2008, the Association of Adventist Parents (AAP) and Adventist Recovery (Regeneration) Ministries (ARMin) boards decided to unite the two ministries since their purpose and mission are similar. The primary purpose is to help people develop Christ-like character in preparation for His soon return.
In January 2011, Adventist Recovery Ministries board officially voted to dissolve the former organization and to restructure the ministry under the Health Ministries department of the North American Division of the General Conference.
In April 2011, ARMin was officially brought into the Health Ministries department of the North American Division of the General Conference.
Over the past decade, the Health Ministries department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has focused on breaking the silence on this issue right within the Church throughout the world field. Toward that effort, we have supported the pioneer ministry known as Regeneration, founded originally by Hal Gates, and Adventist Recovery Ministries in the North American Division.
Adventist Recovery Ministries Global, represents this ministry reaching now all areas of the world. We believe that our churches need to be a “Center for Health Healing and Hope, Sharing Wholeness and Serving All” in the community. Our churches can only be as healthy as the members who comprise them. If one of us is hurting, all of us hurt (1 Corinthians 12:26). Therefore, Adventist Recovery Ministries Global plans to educate church leadership, members, and the community about emotional healing, healthy relationships, the process of forgiveness, as well as strategies for recovery – such as support groups and the 12 step program entitled journey to wholeness.
You can participate of this ministry as a member and volunteer. The only requirement for membership in recovery fellowship groups is a desire to stop compulsive-addictive behavior.